Everybody likes throwing a good bash now and then. The beginning
of school, end of finals or anytime provides an excellent
opportunity to get a couple friends together and have some drinks.
So when Jordan Batchelder, a 20-year-old construction management
major from Ridgeway, had a roommate with a birthday it seemed like
the perfect chance to have some friends over.
“The party started off good enough,” Batchelder said. “A lot of
our friends showed up and there was plenty of beer.”
But like many parties, the good times were destined to get even
“People just kept showing up. There was definitely no more room
in the house so people were just spilling into our front and
backyards. We really weren’t sure what to do after our front and
backyards were full. There literally wasn’t any more room to fit
people. But people were still coming. There were groups of 20-30
kids coming down the street still,” Batchelder said.
This great party had peaked and looked to head in one of several
different directions. That direction turned out to be located
somewhere on the hood of a Fort Collins Police Services
“The police came to the house originally because we called them
to let them know the party had gotten out of control,” Batchelder
said. “But then when the cruiser pulled up some kid we didn’t know
jumped on its hood shaking the whole car. Then kids were throwing
their beer bottles, cups and anything else they had at the
The cruiser then left. The party, which had spilled out into the
intersection at this point, started to go wild.
“People were lighting off huge fireworks. Some other kids had
torn the stop signs out of the ground and were running around with
them. A kid was playing drums, I’m not sure if he brought them for
the party or what,” Batchelder said.
But the fun was about to come to a pellet-and-teargas-induced
conclusion. Cruisers and paddy wagons were all parking about two
blocks away from the party. Large floodlights were aimed at the
group of wild students who by this point numbered more than
“Then the riot police came down the street in full gear:
helmets, shields, teargas, clubs and pellet guns. They were
shooting beanbags and small balls filled with teargas powder at
kids. My roommate was running in our house and got tagged in the
Eventually police cleared the students out and the party came to
an end. Batchelder was happy that nobody had been injured, and he
exited his house to thank the officer.
“After seeing people rip stop signs out of the ground, shoot
fireworks, jump on cop cars and throw beer bottles I went out to
thank the police officer for helping break it up. What did I get
for my hospitality? He handcuffed me and threw me in his car.”